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Several Alligators Removed from Disney Property Since Child’s Death In 2016

Many of us can remember hearing the news five years ago on June 14, 2016 that a 2-year-old old boy had been attacked and killed by an alligator on the beach of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Lane was playing near the Seven Seas Lagoon water at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort when an alligator emerged and pulled him into the water. Lane’s body was found the next day. After the incident, Disney has been adamant about having state wildlife remove gators. Barriers were also set in place, along with signs warning of possible alligators around all beaches and waterways throughout the Walt Disney World property.

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As reported by OrlandoSentinel: “About 250 alligators have been removed from Disney properties since an alligator killed 2-year-old Lane Thomas Graves from the shores of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa five years ago. Disney management and staff have worked directly with trappers contracted through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove them. Disney has also installed a boulder wall and reptile warning signs at the resort, as well as reinforced training among Disney staff.”

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A beautiful Lighthouse Statue to honor the child, Lane Graves, still stands tall at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

The Graves family started the Lane Thomas Foundation that supports families of children seeking an organ donation. To learn more about the Lane Thomas Foundation, click here.

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About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.